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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 29, 2011 5:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recollections of Things Seen On Stage

I went to a good sized number of shows in the Brent-era and yea, they seemed pretty business-like to me. I sat first row at times and also behind the drums alot in the big hockey rinks where you could see pretty good what was happening backstage - a real fun place to view a show from I always thought - and no - there was no 6-foot bongs, or bottles of Jack on Jerry's set-up. I did see a fairly large fire they set one night right behind the drums to tune mickey's tar - the wild shit happened mostly during the drums/space! but I think the drugs were pretty low-key as fair as being in the open.

Now, I saw a Van Morrison show where the poor guy was so drunk he could barely play his sax! Oy-vee...

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Aug 29, 2011 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recollections of Things Seen On Stage

That's amazing because I too saw Van Morrison so drunk we got our money back. Quite a few weeks before this show I saw him at a club somewhere in the woods of Marin County called Rancho Naciso. Huey Lewis and The News opened for him before they hit big and they were both fantastic this night,so much so I had to see Van the Man again. This time was at the Great American Music Hall in S.F.and was so obviously drunk that I went to the manager and got our money back.This was the first and only time I ever demanded money back but it was so painfully obvious that mngmt agreed w/ me.About seeing the Dead do anything drug or drink wise on stage I can truthfully say I never saw it. I did see at a Tuna free gig in Vicente Park the guys openly drinking Taquila and beer.